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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions from Honors Applicants:

1. How many students are admitted to the program each year?

The program usually receives about 95-100 applications for Fall Admission each year; we admit 85-90 students; and generally 75-80 start the program each year.

 

2. What if I don't meet all the minimum qualifications or am not admitted for Fall? Does that mean I can never join the Honors Transfer Program?


If a student is not admitted for Fall because they do not meet the minimum qualifications, they can apply to the program after completing Cabrillo coursework for the Spring or subsequent Fall semester.

A handful of students whose GPA is not quite 3.5 but who demonstrate strong writing ability, will be "provisionally admitted", allowing them to enroll in just one honors course in the Fall semester and move into their honors coursework more closely. See "Minimum Qualifications"

 

Questions from Graduating High School Seniors:

1. I missed the deadline to apply for Fall semester, and have now decided to attend Cabrillo. Is it too late to apply and be admitted to the Honors Transfer Program for Fall?

For Fall, 2017, the application is closed.  However, you may apply to come into the program for Spring, 2018 – you would apply as a “Current Cabrillo/College Student” and the deadline is posted on the go.cabrillo.edu website.
Many students come into the program once they have already started at Cabrillo.  The door does NOT close just because you didn’t apply by the April deadline.  Please stay in touch with us and meet with an Honors Counselor as you have more questions about the program.  They are here to help you achieve your goals.

 

Questions from Current Honors Students:

 

1. Do I have to take an Honors Version of a course each semester to remain in the Honors Transfer Program? 

No.  How you plan your schedule and whether you enroll in Honors versions of courses each semester is a decision you make in conjunction with your Counselor and on your overall educational plan.  Some HTP students taken 24 units of Honors courses before they transfer; some students who enroll in the program never end up taking an Honors course.  The requirement to remain in the Honors Program is maintaining a 3.3 GPA in all your transfer-level courses.  (Students for whom any administrative disciplinary action is taken may also be dismissed from the program at the discretion of the Director and the Lead Faculty.)

2. What is the "15 units of Honors courses requirement for completion of the program?"

It is not required that you take a specific number of units of Honors courses. However,  if you do take 15 units of Honors courses in your time at Cabrillo (considered "completion of the program"), and maintain a 3.4 GPA in your transfer-level courses, you will earn the status of "Honors Scholar", which will be reflected on your official transcript.  You will also be honored in a pinning ceremony at graduation before you transfer.  Many universities give scholarships, admission priority and other benefits to our Honors Scholars (http://htcca.org/directors-counselors-faculty/transfer-agreements/); and more and more HTP students are seeing the benefits of achieving this status.  However, you should speak with your Counselor about how the honors versions of courses fit into your educational plan as part of your overall goals.

The 15 unit completion with a 3.4 GPA also meet the requirement for UCLA TAP Certification (Transfer Alliance Program) for priority admission into UCLA College of Letters and Sciences. See this link: http://www.cabrillo.edu/services/honors/ucla-tap.html


To establish Honors Scholar status, you submit  the Honors Scholar Designation application to the Honors Director in your last semester at Cabrillo.  The application is available at the cabrillohonors.org website here http://www.cabrillo.edu/services/honors/scholar.html

You must maintain a 3.4 transferable GPA, and only 6 units of the 15 may be from the "designated courses," i.e. courses which do not have an "H" after them (high level PHYS, MATH, CHEM, ENGR and ENGL 46AB, SPAN 25 and 26) see Designated Honors Scholar Application for the current list.

3. If I get a C or a D in a class this semester, can I still be in the honors program next semester? 

You need to maintain a 3.3 overall GPA in your transfer-level courses to remain in the Honors Transfer Program.   If you find you are struggling in any of your courses, see an Honors or other Counselor as soon as possible for advising.  You may decide to NOT take an honors course the following semester. 
You may repeat a course in which you received a substandard grade (NP, D or F) and if you achieve a passing grade on the 2nd attempt, your substandard grade will be replaced on your transcript with the new grade.  New repeatability standards allow you to register for (take) a course only 3 times, and a "W", NP, or a grade each count as a "take". 

4. What are the requirements and benefits of TAP Certification for UCLA (Transfer Alliance Program)?

The requirements to be certified for UCLA TAP are the same as for the Honors Scholar designation:  at least 15 units of honors courses (6 units of which may be the Honors Designated courses*) and a 3.4 (UC transferable) GPA.  When you apply to UCLA in the Fall, there is a place on the application to indicate you will be seeking TAP certification.  However, even if you don't check this box, the Honors Director will be notified from UCLA in January of all students who have applied to UCLA, and will contact you to come in and sign the TAP certification form.
Students from Cabrillo who apply to UCLA and are TAP certified more than double there chances of being admitted to majors in the College of Letters and Sciences. 
The benefits of being TAP certified are a boost in admissions consideration for your 1st choice of major in the College of Letters & Sciences at UCLA.  Also, if, even with the boost, you do not get admitted to your 1st choice major, UCLA will look at your alternate major for admission.  This alternate major cannot be an impacted major and you must have all the major preparation completed.
 *Note: as of Fall, 2013, UCLA TAP prefers that all courses used for TAP certification have the "H" in their course number.  If UCLA TAP is your primary goal, please be careful when choosing your honors courses – see a Counselor.

5. I've been accepted to the University!  Now what?

Congratulations!  All your hard work has paid off and you are ready to transfer.

  • Check your university portal regularly –
  • Make sure e-mail communications from your university are not going into your SPAM account
  • Be certain to accept the offer of admission by the date required (SIR – Statement of Intent to Register)
  • Attend an Orientation for your university at the earliest possible time!  You will likely be registering for some of your classes that day, and will have the best options if you are in the earlier group of incoming students.
  • You will need to send an Official transcript with your Spring grades to the university by a specific date (for UC, usually July 15th).  See Below for information on General Education Certification and Transcripts

6. General Education Certification? What is it and do I need it?

If you are transferring to a CSU or UC, you DEFINITELY want to have your general education (CSU or IGETC) certified by Cabrillo.  This Certification will be noted on your final transcript and sent directly to the university - making it official. Read the info at this link:

http://www.cabrillo.edu/services/ar/certification.html

You request your Official Final General Education Certified transcript via WebAdvisor - "Order Official Transcripts".

If you are receiving an AA or AS degree, in WebAdvisor transcript request, you will choose to "hold (the transcript) for Degree" - so that your official transcript states your awarded degree.  Once your Spring grades and degree awarded are posted to your transcript, Cabrillo will send the Final Official GE Certified Transcript directly to

If you are NOT receiving a degree (allowing you to request "hold for degree", which will also automatically also hold until your grades are posted),  you must do the following:

  • Wait until your grades are posted in your record/transcript - you can verify this on WebAdvisor after finals are over (probably around June 10th).
  • Then request your General Education Certified, Official transcript be sent to your chosen university.

    If you have completed all the requirements - request FULL Certification.  UC Berkeley requires FULL certification.  Other universities will require Full Certification if you told them in your application that you expected to complete all the general education requirements (IGETC or CSU). 

    If you are achieving an A.A.-T or A.S.-T  Degree, and enrolling at a CSU, you DO NOT Need to have your General Education certified.  The A.A.-T/A.S.-T posted on your transcript acts as the "certification".

    Cabrillo can partially certify your general education for CSU (you can be missing up to 3 courses) or IGETC (you can be missing up to 2 courses); HOWEVER, if you told the university in your application or updates that you would be achieving FULL Certification by the end of Spring, you should be requesting to send a FULLY certified transcript.

    See a counselor if you have questions on this.
    Note: you do not need to be getting a degree from Cabrillo to have your General Education certified. 

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